Large Power Outage In Eastern Idaho
UPDATE: Power has been restored in eastern Idaho as of 4:20 pm.
UPDATE: As power was being restored to eastern Idaho on Tuesday afternoon, Fall River Rural Electric Cooperative issued an "urgent request" that its customers do all possible to conserve electricity, including turning off electric heat, water heaters and other devices. The utility is trying to avoid rolling blackouts.
Idaho Power company officials, meanwhile, said that after conducting several scenarios, they believe there is no threat to any of their customers of a rolling blackout situation.
UPDATE: 10:10AM - Bonneville Power Administration and Rocky Mountain Power have asked Idaho Falls Power and Fall River Electric Cooperative to shed electric loads as the result of at the Rocky Mountain Power Goshen substation near Firth. This is causing outages for more than 50,000 power customers in eastern Idaho.
Rocky Mountain spokesman Dave Eskelsen said the problem isn't the supply of electricity.
"The issue is a technical problem on the transmission system," he said. The problem occurred just after 5 a.m.
Idaho Falls Power spokesman Matt Evans said the city system has turned off 28 megawatts mostly on the west side of Idaho Falls.
Fall River will shut down about half of its system, which will affect several thousand customers throughout its eastern Idaho and West Yellowstone service area.
As of 9 a.m., the repair was expected to take four to six hours to complete.
Rexburg, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) - Power went off for 51,000 customers from Rexburg to Shelley and rural areas of Madison and Jefferson Counties this Wednesday morning. KIFI TV in Idaho Falls is reporting that 49,000 Customers of Rocky Mountain Power are in the dark because of a Blackfoot substation failure. Fall River Electric said 2000 customers in rural areas of Madison and Jefferson counties are dark because of a failure at its Rexburg and Ririe substations. Initial reports thought repairs could be made by 12:30 this afternoon, but now both companies say they don’t know when power will be restored for the customers. The power outage happened at 8:50am.
Idaho Power officials say that if the utility asks, they will offer assistance to help restore power.
Because of the outage, Rexburg police are advising people to stay home and stay warm until power is restored. Schools throughout the counties are canceled.